The Winter Olympics open up this weekend, with the opening ceremonies airing tonight on NBC from 8:00 PM to Midnight.

NBC Universal Sports & Olympics Chairman Dick Ebersol on WFAN yesterday afternoon promised that the ceremonies tonight would include a “rare appearance” by an instantly recognizable rock musician who is an “icon”. He also talked about opera star Luciano Pavarotti, who will perform, however Ebersol expressed some concern over the health of the 70-year-old Pavarotti, whom he described as alternating between a slow walk and using a walker.

I didn’t include the Olympics in the TV schedule to the right, but you can get your listings on the MSNBC Winter Olympics TV Schedule. If will likely be a challenge to follow everything, as events are spread across NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, USA and Universal HD.
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(If you’re using Firefox and the above question doesn’t scroll, the question is: Will you be reading local coverage of the winter Olympics?)

A few local links to check in with. (If you are reading the local coverage.) There is the Boston Globe and Boston Herald Turin Olympic pages. There is the Globe Olympic Blog, the ProJo Olympic Blog and the Hartford Courant Olympic page. On a national level there is the ESPN Olympic page.

The New York Sports Pages and Bay Area Sports Pages also have Olympic coverage and other national stories.

Wondering what Universal HD is? Comcast announced that the network will be available through the end of February on channel 846:

Just in time for the Olympics, Comcast has added Universal HD to its extensive high-definition (HD) lineup through the end of February, delivering sports fans a front row seat to the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy to cheer on New England natives and watch other US athletes as they go for the gold.

Beginning immediately, Comcast customers with at least the Digital Classic or Digital Sports package can tune into Universal HD on Channel 846 in HD format, a new television standard with a dramatically improved, highly-detailed picture, improved audio quality (including surround sound) and a wide-screen, theater-like display. This latest addition to Comcast